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Water main break floods Sexton Lofts

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A little more than 14 hours after a water main broke underneath Portland Avenue S. in downtown Minneapolis, crews fixed it and restored water service to the three buidings affected, including the Sexton Lofts, a city spokesman said.

The 12-inch main beneath Portland, between 7th and 8th Streets, broke about 4 a.m. Sunday, flooding the lower level of the Sexton building. There was not a construction project near the break, spokesman Matt Laible said.

The cause of the break was not clear Sunday but Laible said breaks can sometimes be related to shifting soil or weather.

The pipe, which was laid before 1900, had no history of breakage. Sunday’s incident was the first, he said.

Shortly after the water came rushing out, workers were able to isolate the break and shut off the water valves in as small an area as possible.

It was not known Sunday how much water spilled due to the break or a damage estimate, Laible said.

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